The next-gen Ram 1500 is currently under development and will launch in the US market in 2018. Here are five things we know about the 2018 Ram 1500.
The 2018 Ram 1500 is still taking shape, and engineering mules are being tested in the current generation model's body. However reports say that the exterior changes will be evolutionary. The headlights will be smaller and better integrated into the chrome grille than the current model. The shape of the raised hood and prominent grille will be changed slightly. The tail lights will be smaller and the back-up lights will be integrated vertically near the tailgate.
The next-gen Ram 1500's spy shots are proof that the cab design and wheelbase will be notably larger and longer respectively compared to the current model. The crew cab version may have a larger door opening and more rear-seat cargo space.
Spy shots have partially revealed the interior of the 2018 Ram 1500. Most of the switchgear is apparently carried over from the current model, while the steering wheel is new, borrowed from the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Production test mules may have more changes inside. A new, flattened center console design is expected, which would make room for additional storage space.
The next-gen Ram 1500's body panels will majorly will be steel-made; FCA doesn't plan to follow Ford by switching to aluminum construction. It will probably be offered with upgraded versions of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engines. The Pentastar engine is expected to get direct injection and optional turbocharging. Fuel-saving belt-start generators should be incorporated for fuel economy improvements.
The 2018 Ram 1500 will be built in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Prototype production, originally scheduled to commence in October 2017, has reportedly been delayed to January 2018.